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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Medrol use

01/14/2008

Question:

What is the long term damage Medrol can do to your organ after taking it for 20yrs for a lung disease (Constrictive/Obstructive Bronchiolitis). Been taking 16mg daily for most of my life and get lung infections everytime my doctor tries to lower my dose. I`m wondering what medrol may be hiding thats going on and I don`t even know it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. For a 42yr. old, female.

Answer:

Medrol can lower your immune system and resistance to infections. High blood sugar, high blood pressure, thinning of the bones, and weight gain could also be some of the side effects associated with Medrol.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University